Eighteen ATL Records to Listen for in February

Damon Moon & the Whispering Drifters - Lungs, Dirt & DreamsSo January turned out to be an absolute monster month for Atlanta music. I mean, if you had any doubts about the strength and vitality of the local scene heading into 2012, the past 32 days should have gone a long way towards quelling your fears. In addition to some strong releases from established veterans like 4-IZE and—most impressively—the long-awaited return of All the Saints, January also saw up-and-comers Wowser Bowser and Shook Foil make big strides on the strength of their respective releases. But, for me, the record that really stood apart from everything else and really upped the ante for 2012 was the debut 7″ from Algiers. Blending elements of gospel, soul, post-punk, experimental noise, slave-folk spirituals and more, the side project of Lyonnais guitarist Lee Tesche unveiled a singular sound that is absolutely unlike anything I’ve heard in quite some time.

Now, history tells me that there is no way February can maintain the same pace in terms of the quantity and quality of music, but looking down this sizable list of upcoming releases, I see no reason why lightning can’t strike twice. Already we’ve been handed another pulverizing post-metal jam courtesy of Stallone and there’s a lot of great stuff to wade through on the not one, but TWO heRobust releases that came out yesterday. And while there is enough music here to keep anybody busy for a few weeks, there are always records I have overlooked and new bands that I haven’t accounted for. So who knows? Maybe February will turn out to be an even better month for Atlanta music. Anything is possible, and so far 2012 has shown signs that this may be a watershed year for the local scene. Whether or not that turns out to be true is anyone’s guess, but I, for one, can’t wait to hear what comes next.

heRobust

heRobust - Late NightheRobust – Late Night
Release Date: February 1
Label: Saturate Records

Release Info:
The first of two releases out this month from experimental beatsmith heRobust, Late Night is available digitally now through Saturate Records. Order includes a limited-edition 7″ while supplies last.

Late Night tracklist:
01. Facebook Lift
02. Finders Bleepers
03. Coma Toast
04. Atlantarctica
05. Souled Out
06. Frontman Bandwidth
07. Dopplegang Bang
08. In Da Lab

heRobust - Morning AfterheRobust – Morning After
Release Date: February 1
Label: Saturate Records

Release Info:
The second of two releases out this month from experimental beatsmith heRobust, Morning After is available digitally now through Saturate Records. Order includes a limited-edition 7″ while supplies last.

Morning After tracklist:
01. Crystalinstrumental
02. Swagriculture
03. Abdominull
04. Cup Song
05. Free Whole Less
06. Chaka Con Artist
07. Rhode Kill
08. Superfume

More Info:
Web: www.herobust.com
Bandcamp: www.herobust.bandcamp.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/herobust

Stallone

Stallone - "The Battle of Miami"Stallone – “The Battle of Miami”
Release Date: February 1
Label: Self-released

Release Info:
Featuring members of MonstrO and Big Jesus, instrumental post-metal titans Stallone have made their third single, “The Battle of Miami,” available as a free download on their Bandcamp page.

“The Battle of Miami” tracklist:
01. The Battle of Miami

More Info:
Bandcamp: www.stallone.bandcamp.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/stallonestallone

The Quaildogs

The Quaildogs - Extended PlayThe Quaildogs – Extended Play
Release Date: February 1
Label: Self-released

Release Info:
Local alt-country outfit the Quaildogs have released their five-song debut EP, Extended Play. The record is available now as a digital download and will be available on CD on February 18.

The Quaildogs will celebrate the release of Extended Play on Saturday, February 18th at Vinyl. Supporting them will be Georgia. Doors open at 8pm. $10 gets you in.

Extended Play tracklist:
01. Medicated
02. Down
03. Em
04. Fine by Me
05. Waiting On You

More Info:
Web: www.thequaildogs.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheQuaildogs
Bandcamp: www.thequaildogs.bandcamp.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/thequaildogs

Sleepy Genes

Sleepy Genes - "Passion People"Sleepy Genes – “Passion People”
Release Date: February 1
Label: Self-released

Release Info:
Atlanta rockers Sleepy Genes have released the first of four singles in what is a grouped release that will be titled the People EP. Each single will feature a similar but unique cover and will be available on CD and digitally.

“Passion People” tracklist:
01. Passion People

More Info:
Bandcamp: www.sleepygenes.bandcamp.com

Tree Witch

Tree Witch - Evil TwinTree Witch – Evil Twin
Release Date: February 7
Label: Self-released

Release Info:
Experimental soundscapist Tree Witch is set to release another ambient drone-infested EP. The five-song Evil Twin will be available for download through the artist’s Bandcamp page.

Evil Twin tracklist:
01. Drone 1 [Abmaj
02. Succession of Ordinary Days
03. Evil Twin
04. Drone 2 [Dmaj]
05. Old House

More Info:
Bandcamp: www.treewitch.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/treewitchmusic

Lyric Jones

Lyric Jones - jones St.Lyric Jones – Jones St.
Release Date: February 7
Label: Jones 4 Lyric

Release Info:
One of Atlanta’s finest and most versatile emcees—male or female—Lyric Jones drops her debut full-length, Jones St., next Tuesday. It will be available on CD and through most digital retailers.

Jones St. tracklist:
01. Appetizer Menu
02. Trapped in the City Lights
03. Gotta Go (feat. Aleon Craft & Playboy Tre)
04. 23rd St.
05. Where’s the Rent (Interlude)
06. Fearless (feat. Young Scolla)
07. Loss On Repeat (feat. Esperanza Spalding)
08. Tin Can
09. Sunshine (Remix)
10. Where You Atl – Lil John Roberts (Interlude)
11. Downtime (feat. J-Live)
12. Mr. DC
13. Middle of the World
14. Sha Dop (feat. StaHHr & Methuzulah)
15. Yousa ILL Emcee – Phife Dawg of ATCQ (Interlude)
16. 20 Mins

More Info:
Bandcamp: www.lyricjones.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thelyricjones
Twitter: www.twitter.com/lyricjones

CUSSES

CUSSES - CUSSESCUSSES – CUSSES
Release Date: February 11
Label: HA! Records

Release Info:
Savannah rockers CUSSES have been making a sizable splash in the ATL and their stock should only grow with the release of their self-titled debut. It will be available on CD, vinyl and through most digital retailers.

CUSSES will celebrate the release of their self-titled debut LP on Saturday, February 11th at 529. Supporting them will be Cloudeater and ODIST. Doors open at 8:30pm. $5 gets you in.

CUSSES tracklist:
01. The Wait is Over
02. Head On a Stick
03. Blood Everywhere
04. Hey You
05. Goosebump
06. Worst Enemy
07. Cuss
08. Custody
09. Don’t Give In
10. Memorial

More Info:
Bandcamp: www.cusses.bandcamp.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/cusses

The Sexual Side Effects

The Sexual Side Effects - High MaintenanceThe Sexual Side Effects – High Maintenance
Release Date: February 11
Label: Self-released

Release Info:
Eclectic alt-rockers the Sexual Side Effects will release their debut EP, High Maintenance, on February 11th. The five-song effort will be available on CD and through most digital retailers.

The Sexual Side Effects will celebrate the release of High Maintenance on Saturday, February 11th at the Masquerade. Supporting them will be DJ Tiny Tears, DJ Westwood-A-Go-Go, DJ Dr. Sax and MC Dax ExclamationPoint. Doors open at 9pm. $10 gets you in.

High Maintenance tracklist:
01. Aurora
02. All She’ll Ever Hurt
03. I’m in Love With a Girl (But She Used to be a Man)
04. An Hour Ago
05. Aurora (Acoustic)

More Info:
Web: www.thesexualsideeffects.com
Bandcamp: www.thesexualsideeffects.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sseband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/the_sse

Baby Baby

Baby Baby - "Haters"Baby Baby – “Haters”
Release Date: February 14
Label: The Gospel of Rhythm Recordings

Release Info:
Local “fun rockers” Baby Baby are set to release a new single this Valentine’s Day called “Haters.” It will be available through their label’s Bandcamp page and through most digital retailers.

Haters tracklist:
01. Haters
02. Haters (clean)

More Info:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/babybabylovesyou
Twitter: www.twitter.com/babybabyband

Superpill

Superpill - "Hey Mary"Superpill – Hey Mary
Release Date: February 14
Label: Self-released

Release Info:
Garage-punk trio Superpill are set to release a new two-song single this Valentine’s Day. It will be a digital-only effort available through the group’s Bandcamp page.

Hey Mary tracklist:
01. Hey Mary
02. Brain Dead Bitch

More Info:
Web: www.superpill.posterous.com
Bandcamp: www.superpill.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/superpill

Eliza Kelley

Eliza Kelley - BrokenEliza Kelley – Broken
Release Date: February 18
Label: Self-released

Release Info:
Singer-songwriter Eliza Kelley (also of Divine Isis) is set to release her debut full-length later this month. The ten-song LP will be available on CD and through most digital retailers.

Eliza Kelley will celebrate the release of Broken on Saturday, February 18th at Red Light Cafe. Doors open at 9pm. Admission in $7.

Broken tracklist:
01. Urgency
02. Savior
03. Wash of Love
04. The Mistress Song
05. Broken
06. Colors
07. Perspective
08. The Garden
09. Stranger
10. Done with You

More Info:
Web: www.elizakelley.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheElizaKelleyProject

Damon Moon and the Whispering Drifters

Damon Moon & the Whispering Drifters - Lungs, Dirt & DreamsDamon Moon & the Whispering Drifters – Lungs, Dirt & Dreams
Release Date: February 21
Label: Adair Park Recordings

Release Info:
Damon Moon and the Whispering Drifters’ much-anticipated sophomore full-length will be available on CD and through most digital retailers.

Damon Moon and the Whispering Drifters will celebrate the release of Lungs, Dirt & Dreams on Saturday, February 25th at the Basement. Supporting them will be Sleepy Genes and Cassandras. Doors open at 9pm. $8 gets you in

Lungs, Dirt & Dreams tracklist:
01. June 22, AR
02. Lungs, Dirt & Dreams
03. We Nominate Ourselves as Heroes of Our Own Stories
04. Further On
05. Restless Roads End
06. Robert Pirsig’s Blues
07. The Fool
08. Ten Sleep, WY
09. Loose Ends
10. Seasonal Suite No. 62
11. Gild the Lily
12. We Make Our Own Traditions, Homesick Blues

More Info:
Web: www.lungsdirtanddreams.com
Bandcamp: www.dmatwd.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dmatwd
Twitter: www.twitter.com/dmatwd

Vancouver

Vancouver - Elegant Violence Since 1985Vancouver – Elegant Violence Since 1985
Release Date: February 24
Label: Self-released

Release Info:
Singer-songwriter Chris Adams, aka Vancouver, has a new record coming out at the end of the month. The nine-song full-length will be available on CD and through most digital retailers.

Vancouver will celebrate the release of Elegant Violence Since 1985 on Friday, February 24th at the Masquerade. Supporting him will be Austin Archer, Fyn, Ghost Town Commons and Jesse the Great Perhaps. Doors open at 7pm. $6 gets you in.

Elegant Violence Since 1985 tracklist:
01.Tri Color Shuffle
02. Bat Girl
03. La Porte
04. Speckled Red
05. Scorpio
06. Heavy Heart
07. Love Me If You Dare
08. Stepping Stone
09. Granted

More Info:
Bandcamp: www.vancouveratl.bandcamp.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Vancouveratl

StoneRider

StoneRider - Fountains Left to WakeStoneRider – Fountains Left to Wake
Release Date: February 24
Label: Self-released

Release Info:
Bluesy stoner rock trio StoneRider are ready to unveil their sophomore full-length, Fountains Left to Wake, on February 24th. It will be available on CD and through most digital outlets.

StoneRider will celebrate the release of Fountains Left to Wake on Friday, February 24th at Avatar. Doors open at 9pm. Admission is FREE.

Fountains Left to Wake tracklist:
01. When I Was Young
02. Trigger Happy
03. Undercover
04. Hot Summer Nights
05. You Don’t Even Have to Try
06. When the Sun Goes Down
07. Say I Won’t
08. El Dorado
09. Fire And Brimstone
10. Red Moon
11. Show Me The Light
12. Too Many Times
13. Lady And I
14. Interlude
15. Don’t Forget to Breathe
16. The Sleeper

More Info:
Web: www.stoneriderband.com
Bandcamp: www.stonerider.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/stoneriderband

Cute Boots

Cute Boots - Born and RaisedCute Boots – Born and Raised 7″
Release Date: February 25
Label: Self-released

Release Info:
February 25th marks the release date for Cute Boots’ debut 7″ Born and Raised. The two-song single will be available on vinyl (of course) and through most digital retailers.

Cute Boots will celebrate the release of the Born and Raised 7″ on Saturday, February 25th at the Earl. Supporting them will be Sealions, and Natalie Prass. Doors open at 9pm. $7 gets you in.

Born and Raised 7″ tracklist:
Side A
01. The Fire
Side B
02. Tread No Longer, Friend

More Info:
Web: www.cutebootsband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CuteBootsBand

Cassandras

Cassandras - Cover UnavailableCassandras – Invitation to Love
Release Date: February 25
Label: Self-released

Release Info:
The cover art and tracklist order is still undecided, but it looks fairly certain that a new Cassandras EP will make its way into the world on February 24th. It will be available on CD and through most digital retailers.

Cassandras will celebrate the release of Invitation to Love on Saturday, February 25th at the Basement. Headlining the show will be Damon Moon and the Whispering Drifters. Sleepy Genes will also perform. Doors open at 9pm.

Invitation to Love tracklist:
01. No Time for Sleeping
02. This Love
03. Not Likely
04. Never Coming Back
05. Slow Boat Coming

More Info:
Bandcamp: www.cassandras.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cassandrasmusic

HALMOS

HALMOS - Cover UnavailableHALMOS – Vicious Cycle
Release Date: February 25
Label: Self-released

Release Info:
Local riffmongers HALMOS bring their crushing guitars and aggressive Southern grooves to their new EP, Vicious Cycle. The five-song effort will be available on limited-edition CD and through most digital retailers.

HALMOS will celebrate the release of Vicious Cycle on Saturday, February 25th at the Masquerade. Headlining the show will be Order of the Owl. Wolves and Jackals and Demonaut will also perform. Doors open at 8pm. $6 gets you in.

Vicious Cycle tracklist:
01. Datura
02. Patterns
03. Theory
04. Prophet of Two
05. Antithesis Superstructure

More Info:
Web: www.halmosband.wordpress.com
Bandcamp: www.halmosband.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/halmosband